With almost six percent of the world's biodiversity in Costa Rica, it’s a country teeming with various species and ecosystems. Opportunities range from species specific projects and wildlife conservation to various community development programs.
All GVI programs ensure that you will be contributing towards sustainable objectives that have been carefully aligned with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, and support the protection of Costa Rican ecology and the empowerment of local communities.
This allows you to experience the abounding nature of the country, like trekking through the densely populated rainforests, summiting some of the countries most scenic volcanic formations, relaxing on an idyllic beach shore, or going on zip-lining and kayaking adventures in your free time.
- Build on and improve your skills in marine and wildlife conservation, community development, education, and language acquisition.
- Learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and contribute towards long-term objectives.
- Become a global citizen as you immerse in and better understand different cultures, traditions, customs, and ethnic cuisines.
- Live and travel in Costa Rica, connecting with the local community and other international volunteers.
- Improve your future employment opportunities, with hands on practical experiences and a larger database of knowledge.
Based in Jalova’s Tortuguero National Park, known for an intense mix of bird species, amphibians, reptiles and wildlife, your participation supports the long-term conservation of the national park’s protection and management. Conduct research on Jaguars, turtle nesting surveys, and monitor nesting sites while being surrounded by tropical vegetation.
Teach English to varying age-groups in the local community, including topics like conservation awareness, while also having the option to learn Spanish. Develop leadership skills in education and contribute towards collaborative community development efforts. You will also have the opportunity to explore national parks and beaches, participate in white-water rafting adventures, or enjoy canopy and coffee-related tours in your own time.
This is a great way to develop your skills while living in a national park, surrounded by the world's most biodiverse rainforests. This project inspires practical, in-depth photography and conservation research and awareness training that supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water, and Goal 15: Life on Land.
With over 800 bird species found in the country, this is a project that immerses you in the practicalities of bird ecology. While living in Tortuguero National Park, surrounded by dense rainforest, you’ll gain skills in conservation research by recording, processing and analysing data. You’ll also learn to identify various birds and other species, with further opportunity to work on additional research projects. Your contributions assist with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life On Land.
By better understanding the behaviour and ecology of the stealthy Jaguar, local organisations and Costa Rican government are better equipped to protect this fast declining species and preserve their natural habitats. You will live in a national park setting up camera traps, learning biodiversity survey techniques, and monitoring turtles and nesting sites, where Jaguars are known to prey on adult sea turtles.